The Boulder Junction Community Foundation hosted the 58th Annual Colorama Dinner on Saturday, September 23. The Foundation would like to thank Anne Derber, Grant Herman and the Camp Manito-wish YMCA board for allowing the event to take place in such an historic building in Boulder Junction and for providing help and equipment to make this event possible. Thanks also goes out to Peeplelures for their generous jewelry Silent Auction for the Foundation’s benefit as well as to Dairymen’s for providing all the very delicious appetizers. Both business and individual sponsors and donors helped raise over $10,000 for the Boulder Junction Community Foundation Endowment Fund which helps the Foundation continue to give meaningful grants to enhance Boulder Junction for all.
Lastly, the Foundation extends their sincerest appreciation to all the Colorama Dinner volunteers, service organizations and the 8th Grade Class of North Lakeland School for their continued service at the Colorama Dinner. They did a wonderful job serving food, clearing tables and looking after their customers. In return for their service the kids earn money toward their annual spring class trip. The NLS 8th graders along with their parents and advisors have been a part of the dinner for many years.
The Boulder Junction Community Foundation awarded the Boulder Junction Public Library a $450 grant to purchase Lego sets for the Children’s Summer Reading Program grand prize raffle. Boulder Junction Public Library’s “Build a Better World” summer reading program lays the groundwork for children to become lifelong readers and learners. Special program activities included a session about plastics and pollution with Anne Moser, librarian at Wisconsin’s Water Library at UW-Madison; a presentation about animal habitats and our role in the environment with Licia Johnson, a naturalist from the North Lakeland Discovery Center; hands-on instruction on making the world beautiful and taking care of animals while designing birdhouses with local artist, Molly Hegeman; and learning about building bridges and building relationships with storyteller, Tracy Chipman. The Boulder Junction Community Foundation is a proud supporter of this annual program.
The Boulder Junction Community Foundation accepted a donation from the Boulder Junction Bike Trail Up-Shift Group which was in turn awarded as a grant to the Town of Boulder Junction in the amount of $4400.00. The grant was used to install two bike repair stations or fixtations located along the Boulder Junction legs of the over 45-mile Heart of Vilas County Paved Bike Trail System at the intersections of Hwy H/Hwy K and Hwy M/Hwy N. A fixtation is an outdoor bike stand with several bike tools and a tire pump built into it. These fixtations can accommodate two bicycles at one time.
In addition to the fixtations, the Town of Boulder Junction also installed mile markers along the trail which are colored coded to the various legs. The mile makers not only show how far along the trail riders are but also are a safety feature so if bicyclists have an emergency they are able to call and identity their location. Also new this year are kiosks which showcase a detailed map, area events and safety information.
The Boulder Junction Community Foundation awarded the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce two grants on July 12, 2017. Before Music on Main Street began that evening, the Foundation presented the Chamber a grant in the amount of $400 to help support the funding of artists performing at the weekly summer music series. The series expanded from six Wednesday evening performances to eight performances this year. The Chamber also received a grant in the amount of $1500 which helped fund the building of a new stage used for Music on Main Street. The stage which is back dropped by beautiful pine trees is a much-needed addition to this event, providing shelter from the elements for the artists who perform. Individual and business donations as well as grants help to support this event which is now in its 10th season.
A $500 grant was awarded to the Boulder Junction Volunteer Fire Department to allow them to enhance their annual Chicken BBQ dinner with games and entertainment for the entire community to enjoy.
The 4th of July Parade is always a great community event to participate in!! Sunshine was the backdrop for a great turnout of spectators and Directors and their families and friends.
At their June 20th meeting, the board of directors for the Boulder Junction Community Foundation welcomed new board member, Barbara Douglas Johnson (seated center), to her 3 year term on the board! Thank you Barbara for stepping up!!
As a way to thank donors, update them on the general health and activity of the foundation, as well as briefly review the various way to donate, and ask for suggestions, the Foundation scheduled two “Mostly Social” events. On May 24 the foundation held its inaugural Mostly Social event. It was hosted by White Birch Village Resort, John and Sue Alschweger. Special thanks goes to them for hosting and providing world class “heavy hors d’oeuvres”. Shrimp and lobster treats topped the list!! A second “Mostly Social” event was held on June 6 at the High Lake home of Greg and Mary Van Grinsven.
Grant Herman has assumed the duties of President and looks forward to moving the Foundation forward. Grant has taken over the reins of the Boulder Junction Community Foundation as it begins its 7th year of service to the community. President, Barbara Boston, resigned her position with the intent of running for a town Supervisor position this Spring. We thank Barb for all her hard work and dedication to the Foundation, and wish her the best in her future endeavors.
For those of you who don’t know Grant, he is beginning his 5th year as the Operations Director for Camp Manito-wish YMCA. At camp, he chairs a team comprised of the Camp Director, Summer, Leadership and Wilderness Program Directors, and the Executive Chef and the Property Manager. In addition Grant sits on the marketing, recruiting and management teams and collaborates with all staff to insure overall risk management and camp systems function to promote youth development wherever they can. He also plays the role of sustainability advisor for the camp. Grant has lived in small communities his entire life and welcomes both the depth of community relationships which can be forged as well as the challenge of advancing the vision of a community foundation with the big vision of preserving and enhancing Boulder Junction for present and future generations.
“Boulder Junction has such an amazing diversity of talent, commitment and vision in the people who live here year round, those who have retired here and those who own local homes and property. In addition we have such a positive community organizational network between the Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Boulder Junction, the Boulder Junction Community Foundation and a number of other community non-profits and businesses in our area. At the Foundation, we hope to interact with all of these people to advance the long term viability of Boulder Junction,” Herman says. “In our first six years we have enjoyed great leadership and the support of our community and we have been accomplishing our goals. We plan to increase our positive impact in the community through a collaborative process with all members of the Boulder Junction family, both near and far.”
The snow was falling, a bonfire roared and music was playing as residents and visitors gathered at the Boulder Junction Winter Park for a magical evening at the Between the Holidays Community Celebration on Wednesday, December 28.
Nearly 200 individuals attended the event that was presented by the Boulder Junction Community Foundation in conjunction with the Boulder Junction Lioness, Boulder Junction Lions, Boulder Junction Public Library, Boulder Junction Volunteer Fire Department, Boulder Junction Snowmobile Club and the Town of Boulder Junction.
Highlights of the evening included families skating on the smooth as can be regulation sized ice skating rink, children waiting in line to be next on the adventurous sledding hill, smores being roasted over an open fire, hot coffee donated by Northern Lattes, hot dogs served by inviting Lioness volunteers behind the counter of the picnic shelter, petting soft and sweet sled dog Chewy of M.J. Sloane’s Two Moons Kennels, caroling during sleigh rides around the 1-mile snowshoe loop and finishing the evening with a bang up fireworks display.
The Boulder Junction Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance Boulder Junction for present and future generations. For more information on the Boulder Junction Community Foundation and how you can give towards the future of Boulder Junction, visit boulderjunctioncf.org.